Age UK creates map showing likelihood of loneliness for 1 MILLION older people


Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. It campaigns on different issues from calling for reform of the care system to trying to improve the bus route in local communities. Age UK has been exploring what factors make older people more at risk of loneliness and whether people with similar risk levels live near each other. We spoke to research adviser Susan Davidson about the project and how the charity used interactive mapping software to create a map showing risk of loneliness.

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How to upload your own map in InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder – Video tutorial

InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder allows you to create highly-interactive dashboards with an exciting range of charts, tables and maps. In this video tutorial Joyce Luk, from the IA support team, explains how you can upload your own map in InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder.

So sit back and let Joyce help you get the most out of InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder.

Video transcription

Welcome to this video on how to upload your own map in Dashboard Builder

In InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder, you can upload your own map data to create dashboards, so you are not limited to the maps available from the Core Maps folder. The supported map data formats for upload in Dashboard Builder are shapefile and CSV. In this video we will upload a shapefile and a CSV file to be used as maps in Dashboard Builder.

For those who are not familiar with a shapefile, a shapefile is basically a popular geospatial vector data format for storing the location, shape, and attributes of geographic features. It looks something like this. This is a shapefile of the London Districts. It has several files that shares the same name but with different extensions. To upload a shapefile into Dashboard Builder, we would need to zip all the shapefile’s constituent files to a single zip folder first. Then go to the Maps tab, click Upload, navigate to the zip folder containing the shapefile and double click to open it. Now the map has been uploaded, we can preview the map by clicking on the preview button to double check if the map looks okay. A shapefile also has an associated attributes table, to view the table, click the table button in the map icon. Now let’s go back to the Maps tab and upload a CSV file instead.

In Dashboard Builder, you can upload a CSV file containing longitude and latitude decimal values of the geographic features. The CSV file will then be converted to a point map and stored in the Maps tab. Here is a CSV file containing the coordinates of the centre of the London Districts. The data headers are saved in the first row. Note the longitude and latitude decimal values must be separated into two individual columns. We will also need to have a column containing the unique feature IDs, like the CODE column here and another column to be used as the feature names, like the NAME column here.

To upload the CSV file as a map, go to the Maps tab, click Upload, navigate to the CSV file on the computer and double click to open it. We are now in the Choose Coordinate Columns dialog, here we will specify which CSV columns are used to plot the longitude and latitude coordinates for the point map. Then click Ok. Once the point map has been created in the Maps tab, we can click the preview button to preview the point map.

We will now create a dashboard using the map that we have just uploaded. On the Maps tabs, navigate to the London Districts point map, then click the dashboard button. On the New Dashboard dialog, we can rename the dashboard title to something more appropriate. We will also need to choose which of the map attributes table columns is used as the Feature ID and Feature Name for the dashboard. Note the column picked for the Feature ID must be unique so the feature can be identified individually. Now click Create. A dashboard will be created with our chosen map and onto the editor page.

Thank you for watching this video. If you would like to learn more on how to use Dashboard Builder, please continue to watch our next video on how to upload your own dashboard data.

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Colorado’s Accountability in Colorado Elections (ACE) map wins plaudits ahead of award decision


Colorado’s ACE program are winning plaudits from media as well as experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota ahead of the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Innovation, Dedication, Excellence and Achievement in Service awards which will be announced in July.

This could be the third win a row for the state which has developed a first-of-its-kind electronic warehouse of elections-related information. Colorado used InstantAtlas to develop an interactive website which uses InstantAtlas to display quantitative and qualitative election data, making it freely available to the public. As well as voting behaviour of its 3.5 million active and inactive registered voters, interactive maps charts and tables include information on voting method, compliance with legal requirements, vote credit based on registered party affiliations, election costs and two types of voter registration statistics.

“I am so proud of our office, which continues to lead the nation on so many fronts, from online business registrations to election awards,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. “We really are an innovative state agency.”

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Profiling tourism employment in England and Wales


In 2015 ONS released an interactive Atlas of Tourism for England and Wales created using InstantAtlas. This was followed by a statistical bulletin that classified the areas in the atlas to show the importance of tourism.

The template that ONS chose for the Atlas of Tourism is the Double Map Time Series, which allows the user to compare the data distribution for two variables using a map and bar chart. In order to demonstrate the versatility of InstantAtlas I have created an alternative representation of the same data using our Area Profile template. It opens showing the spatial classification developed by ONS, with clusters 4 an 5 representing what they term ‘holiday hotspots’. The report allows the user to select specific authorities in the map in order to profile them using the ‘spine chart’ graphic on the right – and to click on the indicators in the spine chart to update the map. For benchmarking purposes, the median authority has been included in the spine chart. This report is more geared towards a user that is interested in a particular authority and its tourism profile.

Click on the screenshot below to access the Tourism Area Profile report.

Pierre Jenkins, Head of InstantAtlas Support


The data in this report were downloaded here and are licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Using data visualisation tools to provide local context for decision making and meet open data aspirations


The Cambridgeshire Research Group has created several interactive atlases combining local and national open data with a range of InstantAtlas data visualisation analysis tools. It has been working to establish a local data portal called Cambridgeshire Insight Open Data as the single place to get local information. Organisations are now sharing data in order to change the way people live and work in the county, as well as meeting the requirements for an open government. Using the latest developments in InstantAtlas visualisation tools Cambridgeshire Research Group is using Cambridgeshire Insight to meet the open government aspirations. We spoke to Hendrik Grothuis, Research Manager-Innovation, Cambridgeshire Research Group, Cambridgeshire County Council about the project.

 Could you tell us more about the latest additions?

 Like most local authorities, the use of good quality small area statistics is a good way to identify trends for research data…

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Using mapping software to create the first health atlas for Bavaria

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The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) is the central administrative body in Bavaria for food safety, health, veterinary as well as industrial and product safety. Its role is to record and evaluate health risks for the population, inform consumers and protect them from being misled or deceived, undertake applied research focused in cooperation with manufacturers, universities and government agencies. It also supports the official control of foodstuffs, the public health service, the official veterinary and occupational safety and health administration in Bavaria.

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Improving access to demographic and population health data in Nevada with online interactive mapping software

I attended the Esri International User’s Conference and saw a presentation by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on its atlas. I have been collecting health data since 2004 and it has been a long-held objective to create an online version. However, the cost of and or programming a website was more involvement than I wanted and InstantAtlas seemed like a reasonably-priced solution.